The SpaceSleeps maximum of 9 people
Here's how: 7 in three upstairs bedrooms (1 queen, 1 queen and 3 twin beds in front room); 1 in a twin futon; 1 downstairs on a couch in a private room.
This house has a wonderful layout and is deceptively large inside. It's cozy enough for one person or a couple but also spacious enough to easily hold a family.
First floor has dining room, step-down living room, small hideaway room and den. Wood-burning fire place.
Second floor offers a queen bed in a wing with its own bathroom. The main upstairs hall connects two bedrooms and large bathroom. This design means two couples can have relative privacy; adults and kids can enjoy some distance.
The house was renovated two years ago to update the bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen. New kitchen appliances, wi-fi. Washer/dryer in basement. Screened porch in back of house for skis with pass-through window from kitchen for summer. Dogs are welcome. Parking in back, along white fence.
This house is a rare charmer, with built-in cabinetry and all the nooks and crannies of a vintage, country cottage. Kitchen is well equipped, including tea pot, plunger-style coffee pot and 6-cup espresso pot (simple type with screw on lid and water that bubbles to top chamber). Ample linen, extra blankets, plenty of pillows. Along Old Sheffield Rd. in the historic district of *South Egremont, in a row of similar white clapboard houses. House is bright and sunny in winter; leafy and relaxing in summer. Have a nap, take a bike ride, wind down, slip out of time.
Rivers, lakes, tennis courts within minutes in a car. Hiking options all around. 5 minute drive to Catamount Ski Slope, 15 minutes to Butternut Ski Slope. Walk a few minutes to Old Mill restaurant, post office, country store, liquor shop, Kenver ski outfitter, public golf course and free library. Lots of antique shops and auctions and tag sales. Five-minute drive to Great Barrington with art-house movies, nightlife, gourmet and organic food stores and Saturday morning farmers' market. Minutes from Tanglewood, Berkshire School, Bash Bish Falls, and Shakespeare & Co. 30 minutes to Pittsfield theaters or Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Just over two hours from New York City and Boston.
*House is located in village of South Egremont. The listing says Great Barrington because that works better with navigation devices.
For GPS and directions: 9 Sheffield-Egremont Road, Great Barrington, 01230
Provisioning:Plenty of pots and pans and casserole dishes; full set of nice silverware, one cookbook (Joy of Cooking), full serving set of china; crock pot; blender. Bring your own speciality items such as cooking knives. Cast-iron frying pan can be stocked upon request.
S. Egremont offers two popular fine restaurants: The Old Mill is a five minute walk and John Andrews is a couple minutes' drive. Mom's Restaurant is a few minutes' walk for breakfast and lunch. The village also has a spirt shop, post office, ski shop, rare-book shop, thrift shop, antiques, real estate.
Great Barrington has many eateries. Favorites are Aroma, a family-run Indian restaurant. 20 Railroad for good casual fare and a bar that serves locally brewed beer. Don't miss the local ice cream (SoCo brand) and check out the Great Barrington brewery for the source of our local beer. Varieties of farm produce, including local cheese and yogurt, available in food stores in Great Barrington. Guido's and The Food Co-Op can provide almost every cooking and eating wish. Big Y and Price Chopper are good everyday supermarktes.
The NeighborhoodThis neighborhood is off the main road but still close enough to the village to walk there in 5 minutes. Houses are nestled together in an old fashioned country way. You can walk down the road apiece and look at the lama farm, go a little farther on your bike and get a sweeping view of the mountains from a wide open plain. Getting AroundThe train from New York stops in Wassaic, N.Y., an hour's drive away. A bus from New York stops in Great Barrington, a 5-minute drive away.